Walking, Cycling & Public Transportation

Brisbane - Large - 37MWH is passionate about active transport

We deliver walking, cycling and public transport projects that are safe and contribute to the improved health of New Zealanders while maximising the capacity of the existing road network.

Across New Zealand, MWH, now a part of Stantec, delivers pedestrian and cycling design projects with our team of technical specialists providing advice to local authorities on the latest research, and guidance on developing standards. We develop strategies and build integrated facilities that help local authorities deliver the greatest uptake of walking and cycling through the development of safe and comfortable facilities.

MWH provides a wide range of transportation services including public transport and active transport services to the public and private sectors. We have an excellent track record in planning, design, management and delivery of multi‑modal transport networks and infrastructure.We develop strategies, design and build safe facilities for local authorities to enhance their communities.

MWH has a depth of experience in a range of active and public transport projects in New Zealand and Australia.

Cycleways & Shared Paths Experience
GI2TDGlen Innes to Tamaki Drive Shared Path
Client: Auckland Transport & NZ Transport Agency

Described by the NZ Herald as “Auckland’s most ambitious cycleway yet,” this 7km off-road path caters for both pedestrians and cyclists and unlocks areas of spectacular scenery. The route has taken into account challenging terrain, complex engineering problems, consenting issues and several environmentally sensitive areas.

MWH’s professional services for this project included scheme assessment of the entire route, and the detail design for
Section 1. This comprises a four metre wide 1.4 km off-road path with two bridges, an earth reinforced ramp and hundreds of metres of retaining walls. Numerous workshops were run by MWH to work closely with key project
stakeholders and helped the project to advance swiftly.

The statutory approval and consenting process was also handled by MWH, including environmental, archaeological,
visual, acoustic, stormwater and structural assessments. The robust consultation approach resulted in the design of a safe, high quality facility for users and MWH’s ability to meet tight timeframes on this complex project resulted in high levels of client satisfaction.

Quay StQuay Street Urban Cycleway
Client: Auckland Transport

This project is currently under construction and has involved the design of a two-way, 1km long urban cycle route along Auckland’s CBD waterfront between Lower Hobson Street and Plummer Street. The $1.5m cycleway has a mix of on-road and off-road cycling improvements, and is a key part of the Auckland Cycling Network (ACN) connecting with three other urban cycleways.

MWH delivered a range of services for this project including the overall design of the cycleway, project management services with tight completion deadlines, and all statutory approvals. MWH assisted the client with consultation and stakeholder engagement, and prepared the physical works contract documentation. Preferred tender analysis was also undertaken, and technical support during the construction phase.

Creating a two-way cycling facility in a highly constrained corridor on Auckland’s high-profile waterfront was challenging.It is a busy urban arterial route with significant safety and operational issues. MWH was able to deliver this complex project within tight timeframes, in a highly collaborative manner.

Franklin RdFranklin Road Upgrade, Auckland
Client: Auckland Transport

This $6-8m project involves the upgrade of one of Auckland’s most iconic streets to include Copenhagen style raised cycle lanes – the first of their kind in Auckland. Franklin Road is a boulevard lined with historic London Plane trees. It is also a key arterial and over dimension route. These competing aspects create significant challenges, along with high levels of political, and stakeholder interest.

MWH is delivering a range of services for this project including consultation with stakeholders, preliminary and final detail design. The construction phase design is also being prepared by MWH, as well as geotechnical assessments, pavement, drainage, geometric, landscaping and urban design. The physical works contract documentation will be prepared by MWH with technical support during the construction phase.

The developed scheme incorporates cycle lanes raised slightly above the road, separated from traffic by a rounded kerb,
with buffer zones on both sides. It is a great example of what can be achieved in the most complex urban settings.

Clive BridgeClive Bridge, Hastings
Client: NZ Transport Agency & Hastings District Council

Clive Bridge is located midway between Napier and Hastings on SH2 and spans 150m across the Clive River. The bridge is part of the wider cycle network but also provides a key link for the community between Clive Township and local parks and swimming pools. The existing cycle provision was deemed unsafe and unsuitable.

MWH’s innovative design solution included a three meter wide shared path separated from traffic by a cycle safe rail. The rails adopted are of a high urban design standard and include integral LED lighting creating a unique ambience  along the path. The path itself is a lightweight plastic paver solution which is manufactured using four million recycled plastic bags to create a sustainable material. It is thought to be the first application on a bridge structure in New Zealand.

This sustainable design diverted millions of plastic carrier bags from landfill to create an attractive and functional walking and cycling path for the community in Hawkes Bay.

This project was a finalist in the 2016 IPWEA NZ Excellence Awards.

Chesterhope Bridge Chesterhope Bridge
Client: Hastings District Council (HDC)

Chesterhope bridge presented a significant barrier to walkers and cyclists on a main arterial road due to its narrow width. HDC were seeking a solution which would provide a safe off-road walking and cycling link. MWH completed the initial investigation and feasibility assessments to determine if a solution was achievable and fundable. The current bridge structure is unable to accommodate traditional steel and concrete type solutions due to limitations on loading. As a result, a lightweight solution which could span pier to pier was proposed.

MWH worked closely with an Australian composite structures supplier to develop a lightweight solution which could be delivered within the project budget. The result is a 450m long clip on facility including all approach works delivered for less than $2.2M. Manufacture of the bridge components has commenced, and construction is due for completion in November 2016.

Model CommunitiesModel Communities ‘iWay’ Project
Client: Hastings District Council (HDC)

MWH was engaged to complete a range of work to improve pedestrian, wheelchair, mobility scooter and cycling connectivity throughout the district. MWH worked within an extremely condensed timeframe to carry out the design, stakeholder consultation and contract preparation.

More than 30km of collector roads now have cycling provision through dedicated cycle lanes, shared lanes on both the roads and footpaths, and off road tracks. In addition, investigations and detailed designs have been completed
for improvements at a number of key intersections.

“MWH has been incredibly responsive from the start and thought carefully about how to manage the competing needs of users, developing a number of innovative solutions,” Owen Mata, HDC team leader, iWay model communities.

All timelines were achieved and the project was completed within budget. MWH is undertaking further work aimed at extending the already comprehensive iWay network.

This project was the Winner of the Best Cycling Promotion & Best Cycle Friendly Commitment by a Public Organisation at the 2012 Cycling Advisory Network (CAN) Awards.

PoriruaPorirua Cycleway
Client: Porirua City Council

The design for this new shared path was carefully designed to accommodate a number of challenging factors. The route runs along the top of a stop bank, adjacent to the main trunk railway line. Mesh fencing was required along the entire length to safely separate the path from the rail line before construction could start. Greater Wellington also had heavy vehicle requirements for the stop bank, and the path had to be constructed using 150mm thick 35Mpa concrete with substantial reinforcement.

As part of the route design, MWH also managed to accommodate a key section where the path crossed under a proposed connection to Transmission Gully. MWH experts worked closely with the client to manage the stakeholder consultation process. The level of engagement was substantial and key to the ultimate success of the project. This new shared path for Porirua opened in April 2016 and has been extremely well received by the community.

“Amazing service and support from the team at MWH. The result is a fantastic, fit for purpose shared path that has been well received and used by the communities it connects,” Rebecca Wills, Project Manager, Porirua City Council.

ChristchurchChristchurch Cycle Routes
Client: Christchurch City Council (CCC) & NZTA

The Christchurch City Council has committed to developing 13 major cycle routes across the city. MWH has partnered with other consultants to form a multi-disciplinary team delivering all aspects of cycle routes, from route option identification, route assessment, planning, design and construction supervision. Specifically, MWH has been at the forefront of the consultation process, as well as programme management, risk and resource management, CAD, detail design, traffic engineering and options assessment.

The first of the designed routes will start construction in August 2016 and the community response to the initiative has been positive. New and innovative approaches to route identification and safety assessment have emerged – creating a new multi-criteria evaluation process. MWH has also worked with Christchurch City Council as the technical lead for a Safety Audit and Network Functionality (SANF) review which looks at both safety and network impacts of the cycle facilities – a process now adopted by the NZ Transport Agency for a year-long trial in Christchurch City.

SH88SH88 Shared Path Dunedin
Client: NZ Transport Agency & Otago Regional Council

MWH has had continuous involvement in the Dunedin to Port Chalmers cycle and walkway network for nearly a decade. This has included successfully managing the investigation, design and implementation of the Boat Harbour to Ravensbourne section of the cycleway, and subsequently the Ravensbourne to Maia section.

MWH completed the SH88 Cycling and Walking Strategy in 2010 for the NZ Transport Agency, and was then engaged for the 2.1km shared path extension from Maia to St Leonards. MWH provided full design and construction monitoring services for the main trunk line railway corridor, traversing the historic railway alignment and two historically significant causeways. This required integration of the path with the two existing railway bridges.

The MWH contribution to the project has included option investigation, stakeholder consultation, route survey, bridge and structural wall design. Tender documentation and evaluation was also provided by MWH along with construction monitoring. MWH has played a leading role in the creation of this 4.5km iconic public amenity for all Dunedin residents and visitors.

SH1 DunedinSH1 Dunedin Separated Cycle Lanes DBC
Client: NZ Transport Agency

This initiative provides fully separated cycling facilities through central Dunedin’s SH1 between Queens Gardens and Pine Hill.

The project involved the reallocation of existing road space to uni-directional, fully separated cycling facilities mid-block, along with various works at 25 signalled intersections and five un-signalled locations along the corridor. A key requirement was to ensure the level of service was not diminished for vehicle traffic which has been successfully achieved.

MWH provided expertise for this project around option investigation, stakeholder consultation, detailed business case production, scheme design, and intersection modelling. In addition, services were provided in terms of reporting, economic evaluation and cost estimation.

The business case process was key to this project’s success to ensure a range of alternatives were explored. In addition, robust community consultation ensured that the resulting design takes into account feedback received for both users of the facility and businesses in the city.

MWH has been awarded the pre-implementation and implementation work as a result of high quality DBC work completed to date.



Public Transport Operations Experience:
  • New Zealand Public Transport Service Costing
  • Lincoln Road Corridor Improvements – Detailed Design
  • Sydney Metropolitan Bus Service Project
  • Outer Sydney Metropolitan Bus Contracts Project.
Public Transport Network Design Experience:
  • Bus Route Audit Package (Western and Southern)
  • Caloundra South Transport Impact Assessment
  • Glen Eden Park and Ride
  • South East Queensland Bus Network Review (Design).
Public Transport Infrastructure Experience:
  • Passenger Transport Facilities Program – Upper Mt Gravatt and Toowong Business Case Development
  • Caloundra CBD Bus Station Study
  • Passenger Transport Facilities Program – 2013 and 2014 – Pre-feasibility Assessments.

Our transport planners specialise in planning and advisory services for land use and integrated transport, infrastructure planning and policy development and implementation. Our services include:


  • Public Transport Operations and Infrastructure Planning
  • integrated transport and land use planning
  • Network and Corridor Planning
  • Impact Assessment Studies
  • Regional and Local Area Transport Plans
  • Urban Development Planning
  • Car-parking surveys, analysis and strategies
  • Pedestrian and Cycle modelling and planning
  • Accessibility Planning
  • Port Landside Development Planning
  • Travel Plans
  • Travel Demand Management
  • Transit-oriented Development
  • Transport Policy
  • Road Safety.


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